visit the Eifel Tower! This...
visit the Eifel Tower! This magnificent structure is unbelievably beautiful. There is a very nice restarunt inside the tower with awsome views! You can choose to climb up to the top from the middle level or take the elevator. My husband and six year old son opted to climb and said it was fantastic but very windy. The top level is incased with a mesh type wall so those of you who are afraid of heights need not worry. All in all the experience is truly an unforgetable one. Thiis would have to be the Eifel Tower and the River Sien at night.
Paris is a city meant to be...
Paris is a city meant to be explored! Every block reveals another wonderful site...I would find myself in awe over an old apartment building, the shear expanse of it all! What a fabulous city! It is kind of 'the city' of all cities! Les Invalides is a monumental structure...who wouldn't be awestruck! Or maybe I have a Napoleon complex!!! The people are really great...some say arrogant...I say confident! My daughter and I were trying to find an ATM... a shop owner closed his shop with customers inside to walk us to the nearest one! Wow! Where would that ever happen!
Musée Carnavalet in the Marais
Go to Musée Carnavalet 23 rue de Sévigné (Métro : St Paul). Paris History Museum. 10 AM to 6:00PM except Monday.
FREE except for temporary exibits.
On the photo : the court with Louis the 14th statue. Ancient shop signs, furnitures, paintings, uniforms, models, the room of Louis the 16th in the prison of the Temple.
A sculpted stone from la Bastille. The contractor in charge of the Bastille demolition, the 'Patriot Palloy' had the idea to sculpt some stones of the construction at the image of the fortress to send them to each department in order to show the tyrany symbol was destroyed.
A small museum, very interesting.
For further illustration see my travelogue 'place des Vosges'.
Parisians take their food VERY SERIOUSLY! It's almost like a religion. Recently they pared down their work week from 40 hours to 35 and one of the reasons, I'm certain, is to enjoy those long lingering lunches with family & friends and to get home earlier so that they can linger over their dinners as well.
When dining in a nice bistro or brasserie, especially if it's a place with a fine reputation, expect to spend at least 1-1/2 hours to 3 hours for lunch and even longer for dinner. They want you to enjoy the food, to savor, have time to digest it, drink in the surroundings, engage in discussion with people at the next table. In fact, a great many restaurants are open for only several hours for lunch, they close, then open up again later for dinner!
People who rush through a meal are looked at rather askance! Why you haven't had a chance to even taste the food! It's practically an insult to rush through a meal.
If you want something quick yet Parisian, your best bet is to go to a café (although these are great places to linger over, too). You can stop in a café, order just an omelette, or quiche, or salade, crêpe, drink a quick cafê and be off to the next musée or jardin. For even quicker (and cheaper) service, stand at the comptoir (bar). It's quick, stand-up service.
I have fond memories of Le Vieux Bistro - I had a wonderful time there, spent almost 3 hours - I will definitely go back there!
Please click on the photo at left to view the full ménu!
Photo: April 2003
Go to Les Halles and find the shop called "La Droguerie". It's a small shop where you can find beads, tweed to knit, feathers, hat pins,... everything to be made yourself. A lot of very original necklaces and other jewellery with instructions how to make them.
9 & 11 Rue du Jour, 75001 Paris